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Updates: Optima project review postponed; Tracy Katz Muhl takes over Carroll’s position; Park district to mark opening of platform tennis courts

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Updates: Optima project review postponed; Tracy Katz Muhl takes over Carroll’s position; Park district to mark opening of platform tennis courts

The Village of Wilmette’s public review of the proposed Optima Verdana Phase II development is postponed after the developer pulled the plans from the Appearance Review Commission’s Thursday agenda.

The event is planned for 721-739 Green Bay Road, the previous site of Imperial Motors.

The Village’s Appearance Review Commission will conduct a non-binding review of the project, after which the Plan Commission will review the submission and conduct a public hearing on the applying; nevertheless, each commissions’ January reviews of Optima II are postponed.

Once the Plan Commission has accomplished its review, it’s going to make a suggestion to the Village Board. The brand new date of the general public hearing will probably be posted once it’s scheduled.

The project, Verdana Phase II, is analogous in concept to the brand new Optima Verdana constructing round the corner on Green Bay Road, as The Record previously reported.

57th District candidate Tracy Katz Muhl appointed to fill vacated seat

Local Democratic leaders appointed Tracy Katz Muhl to the state House of Representatives on Thursday, Jan. 11, to fill the seat of Jonathon Carroll, who resigned in January, and represent Illinois’ 57th District.

Katz Muhl, the Northfield Township Democratic committeeperson, was already running for the seat, which represents portions of Wilmette, Winnetka, Northfield, Kenilworth and Glencoe, amongst other north-suburban communities.

“I’m incredibly grateful to the 57th district for the support that they’ve shown for me so far,” Katz Muhl said in an announcement. “I even have the best team in politics helping me get so far, including my family, kitchen cabinet and volunteers, in addition to all of the elected officials who supported my campaign with endorsements, funds and advice.

“I’m absolutely thrilled that I don’t have to wait to begin fighting for the interests and values of our community as their representative in Springfield.”

Former Rep. Jonathan Carroll resigned Jan. 7 after six years of serving the 57th District. Carroll had previously announced that he was not going to run for one more term.

An attorney, Muhl is a former District 28 School Board president. She was endorsed by U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider and State Sen. Laura Superb, amongst many others.

Park district to christen latest platform tennis courts Jan. 19

The Winnetka Platform Tennis Club is expanding its reach after years of working with the Winnetka Park District to construct latest courts for the growing platform tennis community.

The grand opening of the 2 latest platform tennis courts is scheduled from 5-6:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 19, on the Platform Tennis Facility, 490B Hibbard Road in Winnetka.

The courts are a part of an expansion project partially funded by donations from the American Platform Tennis Association and the Chicago Platform Tennis Charities, with additional funding by the Winnetka Park District and the Winnetka Platform Tennis Club, in accordance with a release from the park district.

The development of the 2 latest courts and pathways to attach the courts is the primary phase of the project. The second phase of the project will include the expansion of the paddle tennis hut, the addition of more viewing areas, landscaping, and outdoor patio space, said Costas Kutulas, the district’s director of parks and maintenance.

The Winnetka Platform Tennis Club joined forces with the park district in 1978 and is certainly one of the most important platform tennis clubs within the country. The club maintains a robust reference to the Winnetka Park District and has worked along with the park district and the American Platform Tennis Association to construct an award-winning paddle hut and a complete of eight courts.

“We’re thrilled to unveil these two latest courts and have a good time the continued growth of platform tennis in our community,” said Colin Cross, Winnetka Platform Tennis Club president. “The continued support of the Winnetka Park District and our generous, dedicated paddle tennis community has made this expansion possible. We sit up for continuing to foster a love for the game amongst players of all ages.”

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